Most 400+ Scores in ODI by Teams: Cricket is a bat and ball game that has been played for hundreds of years. The shorter format of cricket known as One Day International (ODI) matches gained popularity in the 1970s and has since become a hugely popular version of the sport.
ODI matches involve each team batting for a single innings, attempting to score as many runs as possible before their allotted overs are completed. Over the years, ODI matches have seen some incredibly high scores posted by teams. This article will explore the highest ODI innings scores in history and look at the records held by the top ODI scoring teams.
History of 400+ Scores in ODI Cricket
The first-ever recorded instance of a team scoring over 400 runs in an ODI innings was in 2006 when Australia posted the highest team score of 434/4 against South Africa in Johannesburg.
This mammoth score included centuries from both Ricky Ponting and Herschelle Gibbs, marking a significant milestone in the history of scores in One Day Internationals (ODIs). At the time, a score over 400 seemed almost unachievable, but it paved the way for more huge innings totals to follow.
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Just a year later in 2007, Sri Lanka set a new record with 443/9 against the Netherlands at the Cricket World Cup, further solidifying the trend of high-scoring matches in ODIs.
This demonstrated that 400+ scores were not flukes and could be attained more regularly by top teams. India then joined the club when they scored 413/5 against Bermuda in the same World Cup.
Since 2006, there have been over 20 instances of 400+ innings scores in ODI matches, indicating an increasing frequency of high-scoring games. As of November 2022, the current record stands at 498/4, set by England against the Netherlands in June 2022.
South Africa: The Kings of 400+ Scores (8 Times)
No team has achieved 400-plus innings scores in One Day Internationals (ODIs) more frequently than South Africa. Incredibly, the Proteas have crossed the 400-run mark on 6 separate occasions, maintaining a 100% win record each time they have done so.
Their highest ever team total in an ODI came against the West Indies in January 2015 when they posted a massive score of 439/2. On that memorable day, AB de Villiers also achieved the record for the fastest ever ODI century, reaching 100 runs in just 31 balls.
South Africa’s other 400+ scores include 438/4 against Australia in 2006, 418/5 against Zimbabwe in 2006, and 411/4 against Ireland in 2015.
Clearly, South Africa has demonstrated a remarkable ability to achieve high innings scores in ODIs, making them a dominant force in the format over the years.
India’s Consistent High Scoring Ability (6 Times)
While they may not hold the overall record for the highest team runs in ODI matches, India has consistently demonstrated their ability to achieve huge 400-plus totals on multiple occasions against various opponents.
To date, India has surpassed 400 five times in ODI matches, emerging victorious each time.
India’s highest ever ODI score was achieved in 2011 when they posted a formidable total of 418/5 against the West Indies in Indore.
Notably, the legendary Virender Sehwag played a key role in this outstanding innings, smashing an incredible 219 runs from just 149 balls. India’s other 400-plus scores include 413/5 against Bermuda in 2007 (World Cup), 414/7 against Sri Lanka in 2009, and 404/5 against Sri Lanka in 2014.
When India’s top-order batsmen, such as Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Shikhar Dhawan, find their rhythm, it becomes challenging for any bowling attack to contain their formidable run-scoring abilities.
It is expected that India will continue to frequently surpass the 400-run mark in ODIs, especially when batting first.
England’s Rise as an ODI Scoring Force (5 Times)
In the early 2010s, England were not regarded as one of the top teams in One Day International cricket matches, nor were they known for their ability to score 400 or more runs consistently.
However, since their disappointing performance at the 2015 World Cup, the England ODI team has undergone a significant transformation, adopting a new aggressive approach to batting. This change has led them to break various scoring records over the past 5 years.
England currently holds the top 3 highest ever ODI scores, showcasing their dominance in high-scoring matches. They even surpassed their own world record twice within just 4 years.
Their highest score to date was achieved against the Netherlands in June 2022 when they amassed a staggering total of 498/4. Jos Buttler, Dawid Malan, and Phil Salt all contributed centuries to this extraordinary innings.
Prior to their remarkable achievement in 2022, England set the ODI scoring record in June 2018 by scoring 481/6 against Australia, primarily powered by Alex Hales’ impressive knock of 147.
Furthermore, in August 2016, England had initially broken the ODI record with 444/3 against Pakistan, led by an explosive 171 from Hales. Clearly, England possesses an unstoppable batting lineup capable of delivering outstanding performances when they hit their stride.
Who Else Has Passed 400 in ODIs?
In addition to the teams mentioned earlier, New Zealand and the West Indies have also achieved the feat of scoring more than 400 runs in an ODI innings. New Zealand scored 402/2 against Ireland in 2008, with Jamie How and Ross Taylor both scoring centuries.
On the other hand, the West Indies recorded a mammoth total of 421/6 against New Zealand in 2019, with an unbeaten 251 from Chris Gayle being the standout performance.
Furthermore, Australia and Sri Lanka have each managed to surpass the 400-run mark on two occasions in One Day International cricket. Australia’s highest score was 434/4 against South Africa in 2006.
Sri Lanka’s notable performances include posting 443/9 against Kenya in 2007 and 444/4 against the Netherlands more recently in 2019, solidifying their reputation as strong contenders in high-scoring matches.
Notable Team and Individual Records:
– The highest aggregate runs scored by both teams in an ODI match is 872 – set by Australia (434) and South Africa (438) in 2006.
– Only two games have seen both teams score 400+ (Australia vs South Africa in 2006 and India vs Sri Lanka in 2009).
– The fastest ever ODI century was scored by AB de Villiers in just 31 balls against the West Indies in 2015 as part of South Africa’s 439/2 total.
– Highest individual score in a 400+ total was Rohit Sharma’s 264 against Sri Lanka in 2014 – part of India’s 404/5 score.
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